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Silver Platter Awards

Announcing the Silver Platter Award Winners for March 2012
     Silver Night for SSATBB by Melinda Bargreen
Please right-click or control-click on the links above and listen while you read this post.  
I would like being recognized for the Silver Platter Award to mean something.  To do that, pieces selected for the Silver Platter Award will receive an editor's note after the More Links data field showing that they were selected.  This will add one more search parameter or keyword for people to find our best works.  For this to have meaning I cannot recognize every piece.   No more than 1/4 of the pieces in the showcase will receive the Silver Platter Award.  At present that means 21 pieces total.  At a rate of 3 or 4 pieces each month,  if we received no more submissions the awards would stop after 6 or 7 months.  I have listened to every piece that has been uploaded.  If you find a piece by someone else in the showcase that really speaks to you, feel free to bring it to my attention in an email and tell me what you like about it or how it could be best used.  I will give any suggestions another listen.  
There is only one criterion I will use, though it has many facets: How marketable is this piece? This includes how likely the piece is to be performed (a piece that requires an Ondes Martenot is not going to rank high on my list), is the text expertly set (matters of prosody, text painting, vowel interactions etc.), does the piece move me on an emotional or intellectual level and lastly and least; is there a decent recording.  Don't make a big deal about the last one but an exceptional recording may tip my hand toward selecting a piece.  
Perhaps some of you are at the point in your career where receiving a paper certificate of recognition is meaningless but others have pointed out what a lonely profession composing is.   A pat on the back can help us through some of the harder times and writer's block.   In addition to the editor's entry on the display pages the winners will receive a paper certificate to hang wherever it is they do their composing.  I hope it will be a reminder of past success and lead to future triumph. 
I don't think it would hurt anything if members would listen to the selected pieces and give positive critique and accolade to the composers.   I am working on getting ChoralNet to create a "like" button of some kind so that we could approve of what someone writes without sending out emails to those who still get their ChoralNet subscriptions that way, but until then, please don't sit on your hands. 
Replies (10): Threaded | Chronological
on March 3, 2012 10:30am
As an exciting follow-up, Melinda and I have just been named semi-finalists for the 2012 American Prize for choral composition. The finalists will be announced next month.

on March 3, 2012 7:22pm
Hey that makes me feel like I have good taste.  Someone else agrees that you guys are wonderful.  The semi-finalists of the American Prize are a who's who of the Composers of Choral Music community.  Congrats to Greg and Melinda as well as Jonathan Adams, David Avshalomov, Dr. Ross C. Bernhardt, Robert Ross, Joshua Fishbein, and Jason Saunders  Keep us up on the results.
on March 4, 2012 4:49am
Now where is that "like" button? Congratulations to you and all :)
on March 3, 2012 2:55pm
Hi Greg!
WONDERFUL news!  I rejoice in your accomplishment.  Think one word: "Winner"!
on March 3, 2012 8:50pm
Whoa! This was the 1st word I'd received! Congrats to everyone on this list!
Robert A.M. Ross
on March 3, 2012 10:00pm
Hearty Congratulations to everyone on the American Prize Finalist list!!  Hooray for ChoralNet and its gifted members!
on March 3, 2012 10:43pm
I meant to set aside 5 minutes yesterday for a quick perusal of these scores - my 5 minutes turned into an hour+  listening to many composers' works.  It was just one joy after another to hear these compositions.   
And I love the way you can hear them and have another window open to follow the score.  
Applauded by an audience of 1
on March 7, 2012 6:48am
Let me add my congratulations to Greg, Melinda and Kurt for their Silver Platter Awards—just a terrific idea—and also to all the semi-finalists for The American Prize in Composition (choral division.) What a wonderful list it is. As I wrote on The American Prize blog, "The tremendous display of talent, craftsmanship, variety of subject matter and style represented by the works of the composers (listed) has me very excited. I have no idea what the final outcome will be, but I do know that the winning work and composer will be chosen from some very fine company. Congratulations to all."
Best wishes!
David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize
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on April 1, 2012 11:42am
I missed the memo on this award. How do I submit or get considered next time? I have a terrific short Chanukah piece I want to flog.
David Avshalomov
on April 1, 2012 2:42pm
If you mean the SIlver Platter Award, all pieces in the showcase are eligible. I keep a running list of pieces I consider as they are uploaded. It is a long list.
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